Monday, April 30, 2007
Fontella Bass - "Honey Bee"
I'm back with my first post in over two weeks. I've been busy finding records and getting my portable turntable hooked up to the computer. Never knew it'd be so easy but all I needed was one connector. Downloaded some recording software and, voila, I was making mp3's in nothing flat. Welcome to the 21st century, huh? I'm working on getting music posted to the blog, although everything is sort of in a tentative stage right now. I'm using free services for hosting my mp3's and placing players on the blog. So far, it's working okay but I'm up for any advice from the old pros out there. I'd also like to know if the players are working okay for everyone.
Today, a record I found a couple of months ago at the St. Louis record show, "Honey Bee" by Fontella Bass. Everyone is familiar with Bass via her huge 1965 hit "Rescue Me", a fine song that's been somewhat spoiled by severe over saturation on oldies radio. "Honey Bee" is from a couple of years earlier, while Bass was still in St. Louis recording for the local Bobbin label. I don't have a mountain of information on Bobbin, except that Little Milton and Oliver Sain seem to have been heavily involved. In fact, they're credited with co-writing "Honey Bee" and it's Sain's orchestra providing instrumental accompaniment on the song.
The instrumentation on "Honey Bee" is fairly standard, with some piano and light horns. The song is up-tempo and bounces along very nicely, with Bass' voice a little tougher sounding than on her big hit. The nice surprise is the guitar break that comes along in the middle of the song to make things all the more rockin'. All in all, one of the best records I've found this year.